Two teens are in critical condition after a car smashed into the bicycle they were riding on Saturday evening.
Florida Highway Patrol officials say the incident occurred around 5:32 p.m. Saturday near North Independence Highway and Forest Drive in Inverness.
The two teens, both riding on the same bicycle, were traveling northbound on North Independence Highway. A Chevy Suburban driven by a 40-year-old man was also traveling northbound and crossed the center double line and pulled alongside the teens in an effort to pass them.
Troopers believe the bicycle then made a sudden left turn, crossing in front of the Suburban, resulting in the crash.
Both teens were thrown from the bicycle and severely injured. They were transported to Shands Hospital for treatment of their injuries.
The man was not injured in the crash. Reports indicate that he was, however, arrested and charged with DUI.
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